[Taxacom] What is Garsault's (1764) Noctua caprimulgus today?
l.raty at skynet.be
Sun Jul 17 11:46:14 CDT 2016
From the description, clearly Caprimulgus europeaeus.
But I completely fail to understand how Garsault can be regarded as
(His Latin names are clearly but Latin equivalents of his French names.
None of them, be them uninominal or not, appears to denote a
supraspecific entity. Quite a few of his uninominals denote, undoubtedly
deliberately, the male and the female of the same species - Bos/Vacca,
Hircus/Capra, Cervus/Cerva, Aries/Ovis, Homo/Mulier, hence are
infrasubspecific and certainly not generic...)
On 07/17/2016 12:25 PM, Tony Rees wrote:
> After "Noctua caprimulgus" the original work says "Fresaie tête-chèvre,
> Crapaud volant". The first of these seems to translate as "goat headed
> screech owl" and tête-chèvre also cited as "Synonyme d'engoulevent
> d'Europe" (https://fr.wiktionary.org/wiki/t%C3%AAte-ch%C3%A8vre) - the
> latter is translateable as the European nightjar, Eurasian nightjar or just
> nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus; Crapaud volant translates to "Flying
> So I guess Quentin's reading is correct, thanks...
> My inclination is to treat this instance of Noctua as attributable to
> Garsualt, 1764, as does AnimalBase, and potentially different from Noctua
> Linnaeus, 1766 in Strigidae (publication cited as "*Amoen. Acad., 7, 450.*"
> [Amoenitates academicae
> <http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/910>]), although maybe
> they share the same basis? The relevant page is at
> http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/1485854 and the reference is to "Noctua
> Daurica p. 363" apparently in some other work (thesis?)... Some extra info
> from AnimalBase here:
> Any further insights welcome...
> Regards - Tony
> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
> On 17 July 2016 at 15:32, Quentin Groom <quentin.groom at plantentuinmeise.be>
>> I'm almost certain they are referring to the nightjar (Caprimulgus
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>> On Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 4:45 AM, Tony Rees <tonyrees49 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dear Taxacomers,
>>> I was revisiting some old Taxacom discussion regarding species-level
>>> homonyms and came upon the following pair of names supplied by Francisco
>>> Welter-Schultes back in 2010:
>>> Noctua caprimulgus Garsault, 1764 (Aves)
>>> Noctua caprimulgus Fabricius, 1775 (Lepidoptera)
>>> Noctua Linnaeus, 1767 in Lepidoptera is currently the valid genus (as per
>>> Noctuidae), Noctua Linnaeus, 1766 in Aves (Strigidae) not. So I was
>>> wondering what the current name for Garsault's Noctua caprimulgus in Aves
>>> might be today? Internet searching has not got me anywhere thus far, but
>>> the original description is online via BHL at
>>> Someone with good French might be able to cast light on the species in
>>> question via the common name or description in the original work, maybe?
>>> Also an apparent inconsistency - Garsault's work dates from 1764 yet the
>>> Linnaean bird genus post-dates this. Any advice welcome.
>>> Regards - Tony
>>> Tony Rees, New South Wales, Australia
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